Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.  Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.  For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.  For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah  I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah  Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him.  You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah  I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.  Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.  Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD.  Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! (Psalm 32 ESV)
Resistance is Futile!
David recounts the great cover up in his own life. When we cover up sin in our lives, rather than repenting and reconciling our relationship to God, we will find nothing but pain.
For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the head of summer.
David’s journal was stained with the burning, salty tears of his sin and wickedness. Most commentators agree that he was probably referring to the sin committed with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11-12). Look at the affects of his cover up! He sounds like he is dying! Day and night God’s hand was heavy upon him. How wonderful is it that we have a God who so loves us that he ferociously pursues us until we repent of sin and return to him in joy? Resistance is futile. God will have your heart.
Response is Necessary
David then describes his repentance in verse 5. He fights the great cover up. He acknowledges his sin before the Lord in repentance and basks in the radiance of God’s gracious forgiveness and calls for us to pause and reflect (Selah) on the forgiveness of God and his kindness toward us as his children.